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Pumpernickel Bread in Toronto?

Omnibus_Eater Mar 15, 2010 07:55 PM

Hi folks, can anyone recommend a local bakery that makes a good pumpernickel? (Preferably near downtown Toronto, a little bit uptown or east/west is ok.) I'm looking for something not quite as dense as traditional German-style pumpernickel, because I find it's not always the best choice for making sandwiches or toast. But still something seriously dense and dark and chewy. Thanks!

  1. princess.melody Mar 19, 2013 01:07 PM

    Hello! Similar question but I would need a bakery that is in York Region (Markham / Aurora / Newmarket) that you would carry Pumpernickle bread. Thanks!

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      cheesymama Mar 17, 2010 03:47 AM

      Try Harbord Bakery.

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      1. re: cheesymama
        Omnibus_Eater Mar 20, 2010 01:27 PM

        Thanks for the recommendation. I visited Harbord Bakery and tried their Black Rye, which was excellent. Good flavour, plenty of coarsely-milled rye, and very dense and chewy.

        Harbord Bakery
        115 Harbord St, Toronto, ON M5S, CA

        1. re: Omnibus_Eater
          cheesymama Mar 20, 2010 03:56 PM

          Glad you liked them. Their cheese danish are great too!

      2. Kagemusha Mar 15, 2010 08:09 PM

        Try here. Some of the best breads in the GTA:


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        1. re: Kagemusha
          Omnibus_Eater Mar 16, 2010 09:36 AM

          Thank you very much for the Dimpflmeier recommendation. I know all about their pumpernickel, but I didn't know they had so many other varieties of dark ryes. Something like the Black Forest Rye or the Holzofen Brot might be just the ticket.

          I am going to give them a try, but they are really far out there in the west end. I'm still hoping to find something closer to the downtown core.

          1. re: Omnibus_Eater
            Kagemusha Mar 16, 2010 02:07 PM

            They really aren't that remote--just off Kipling south of Dundas W. You will see many varieties at the bakery that aren't in wide retail circulation--all are hyper-fresh and discount priced. The pretzels are killer, too. Worth a trip.

            1. re: Omnibus_Eater
              OTFOODIE Mar 16, 2010 08:46 PM

              Both Highland Farms and Longos carry a decent selection of Dimpflmeier breads, as do many European-style delis

              1. re: OTFOODIE
                Kagemusha Mar 17, 2010 08:11 AM

                Nothing to compare to Dimp's factory store--trust me. Cheaper and way fresher, too.

                1. re: Kagemusha
                  princess.melody Apr 13, 2013 07:25 PM

                  Where is Dimp's Factory Store located? Thanks!

                  1. re: princess.melody
                    Kagemusha Apr 14, 2013 06:18 AM

                    Mentioned above(?!). Advance Rd. just east off Kipling, south of the Dundas/TTC overpass. Open everyday. Hectic parking--you've been warned.

            2. re: Kagemusha
              lagatta Apr 19, 2013 04:43 PM

              I'm from Montréal, near the famous Jean-Talon market. One thing lacking here is high-quality German breads, and I am fortunate to have a friend who lives near their bakery in Etobicoke. It is a surprisingly nice outing in a dismal stretch - even has a pleasant café to stop for coffee and a bite. They have great breadrolls, pretzels and other things not readily available elsewhere. I took organic loaves back to my catsitter friends here (as well as some Niagara wine from the LCBO).

              I see they've added Scandinavian-type "Viking" breads since I was there.

              1. re: lagatta
                Kagemusha Apr 20, 2013 05:02 AM

                They've made Scandinavian-style bread for years. That "dismal" stretch east of Kipling is full of food and worth exploring. Don't let the body shops and car repair joints fool you!

                1. re: Kagemusha
                  lagatta Apr 20, 2013 05:35 AM

                  Thanks! I was only referring to its appearance. Have you recommended any other places around there on this board? I live in Montréal, so I only occasionally visit this board, and most often for Ottawa recommendations, or if I'm travelling to Toronto to work at a conference there.

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